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Sindh Chief Minister to give Rs2-billion subsidy to transporters for launching a fleet of 600 vehicles

Karachi, March 29, 2017 (PPI-OT):Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has decided to give Rs2 billion subsidy to transporters to launch a fleet 600 vehicles in the city to meet the growing requirement of passenger buses. This he said while presiding a meeting on Intra-city and intercity bus service here at the CM, House today. The meeting was attended by Minister Transport Syed Nasir Shah, Chief Secretary Rizwan Memon, Chairman P and D M. Waseem, Principal Secretary to CM Naveed Kamran Baloch, Transport Taha Farooqui, Secretary Finance Hassan Naqvi and others.

Minister Transport Syed Nasir Shah said that there was a shortage of 8000 buses, therefore a new mechanism be adopted to include at least 600 buses in the present fleet of passenger buses to meet somewhat requirement of the city. This is necessary and then Bus Rabid Transport (BRT) would be launched.

The chief minister said that his government would assist the transporters in the form of a subsidy for a period of five years. “The government give subsidy of Rs2 billion to be placed with Sindh Modaraba, before the publication of the advertisement,” he said and added that 70:30 debt equity ratio would be made.

The transporters equity would be 15 percent and 15 percent of would be given by Sindh government in the shape of interest free loan, repayable by the transport within a year of the completion of the loan due to Sindh Modaraba Loan Ltd. The chief minister also said that the government would provide 30 percent credit risk guarantee for the outstanding principal loan amount, excluding the Sindh government equity.

The transport department also proposed to start an inter-city project under the same mechanism as inter-city is proposed. Under the proposal, the Sindh government would bear the cost of insurance of the vehicle which would be insured through the Sindh Insurance Ltd and that would be around 5percent of the value of the vehicle.

The chief minister said that only locally assembled vehicles would be financed. It was also proposed that if the transporter manages to repay all instalments on time, maintained the vehicle in roadworthy condition and otherwise fulfilled all obligations, the Sindh government would forgive its portion of the cost of 15 percent.

Giving presentation on Blue Line the Minister Transport Nasir Shah said that it would be started from Al-Asif Square- Sohrab Goth to Golimar. It would be 12-km long route with 6.6 kms elevated and it would have nine stations, five elevated and three at grade. There would be a ridership of 3,75000 daily.

Secretary Transport Taha Farooqui said that the route would start from Al-Asif Square via Yousif Plaza, Naseerabad, Ayesha Manzil, Karimabad, Liaquatabad, Daak Khana, Teen Hatti and Guru Mandir. The chief minister directed the transport department to go ahead and fulfil all requirements to launch the projects at the earliest. The Sindh government would assist the transporters financially and administratively.

For more information, contact:
Press Secretary,
Chief Minister House, Sindh
Tel: +92-21-99202019 (Ext: 336)
Website: www.cmsindh.gov.pk

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